A Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands

I purchased Judith Schalansky's Atlas of Remote Islands for these reasons:

1) The title/subtitle.

2) The conclusion of the introduction I flipped through at the store: "This atlas is therefore primarily a poetic project."

3) The premise of the preface: "Paradise is an island. So is hell."

4) That middle school career quiz that recommended I should be a cartographer.

A beautiful, depressing jumping-off point to learn more, tales of lands I've never heard of and explorers I forgot.

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